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That's All, Folks! (For Now)

I'm finished!!! I turned in all of my work for the Fall term and did all of my presentations. I think everything went well, but I won't know until I get my grades in a few weeks. Technically, I still have one more week of class for LIS 407 (Reference), but since I gave my presentation last week, I can basically just show up in my pajamas and kick back while other people get stressed out. I won't, but I am enjoying that I could, hypothetically speaking.

My presentation last week, which I gave with four other people, lasted forty minutes and was about PubMed, which is a public medical database run by the National Library of Medicine. A small percentage of our grade depended on how professionally we were dressed during our time in front of the class, so it was pleasantly unusual to see everyone looking so nice. It's not that people in the program are slobs or anything, but around this time of the year, everyone is looking at their laptop and not in the mirror.

I was not, however, pleased with the outcome of the website I designed for 488 (Technology for Information Professionals). Pretty much everyone else's was better than mine. I didn't realize my classmates were going to be so competitive about it, or I would have upped my game. I mean, I always do my best, but some people took "doing your best" to a whole new level by doing things like teaching themselves Java script and using Flash. Um ... this was the class for tech beginners, right?

After class I spent the next 24 hours (with some sleep) re-tooling my CSS design and asking people for help with it. It's a little better now, by which I mean it's not totally embarrassing. Here's a screen cap. of the "About Me" page:

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So what's next? Applying for jobs, deciding if I want to study abroad with UNC in London in May, watching Mockingjay on the big screen, holiday parties and tomfoolery with friends, and then going home to Miami to visit my family for two weeks in mid-December. In short, I'm getting a well-deserved and much-needed break.

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